Cutaneous herpes zoster and implantable pulse generator

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Introduction: Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation has become a useful tool in effectively treating severe Parkinson's disease. Method: While most reports in literature describe the immediate and short-term post-operative brain lead implant-related adverse events, we present the case of a 65-year-old man who developed herpes zoster (HZ) upon the subcutaneous placement of the pulse generator two years after the procedure. Conclusion: He had excellent recovery of HZ lesions and related pain after specific antiviral therapy. The importance of a correct diagnosis of this unusual complication is outlined in order to minimize the risk of debilitating chronic HZ-associated pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-100
Number of pages2
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010


  • Brain surgery
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Herpes zoster
  • Implantable pulse generator
  • Neurostimulation
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Subthalamus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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